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Launched Across the World

Launched Across the World

Venezuela. Czech Republic. Peru. Mexico. Canada. Japan. Several of the United States. And those are only the ones I’ve been told about. People have sent me pictures of themselves reading my book, Over My Shoulder, from all over the world. And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to be packed in a suitcase and flown to places I’ve never been before.…

Regular Teenage Heroism

Regular Teenage Heroism

“I saw a spirit of heroism rise up from what appeared to be regular teenagers in the Columbine library, students who helped each other escape with little to no thought about their own personal safety.” –Over My Shoulder, Chapter 5 People were escaping for freedom, and I was lying critically injured in a pool of blood, somehow still breathing after…

Columbine Anniversary

Columbine Anniversary

20 years. Crosses with pictures of those lost. Tears. I’ve lived with this ‘new normal’ longer than I lived with the old one. Sometimes the day of April 20, 1999 feels like a lifetime ago. Actually, it is longer than the lifetimes of 12 of the 13 people whose lives were stolen too early that day. Honestly, I did not…

The Gift I Didn’t Want to Need

The Gift I Didn’t Want to Need

I’m a gift-lover. I certainly never mind receiving one, but I find so much joy in carefully wrapping a thoughtfully chosen present for someone else. The best gifts to me are the ones given unexpectedly, and without any reason other than thoughtfulness. There is one gift, though, that has truly captured what it means to ‘give’ and how lucky I…